THE MARIO FINLAYSON NATIONAL ART GALLERY
John Mackintosh Square, The Piazza
Opening Times :
Monday to Friday 10.00am to 6.00pm , Saturday: 10am to 2pmfree entrance
Since the formation of the Calpe Artists Society in 1954, the local art fraternity has dreamed of the setting up of a Gibraltar National Art Gallery to exhibit and celebrate the work of highly talented local artists.
The current Government of Gibraltar made a commitment in their election manifesto, to make this a reality. A location was sought for the Gallery, and it was decided that there would be no better place for it than the City Hall, a historical building of such grandeur and beauty.
The Housing Department, who had occupied the building for many years, was thus moved to another location and works commenced on a refurbishment programme to accommodate the art gallery.
Gibraltarian artist Mario Finlayson BEM was, during a very long time, a lead and staunch campaigner in the quest for a National Art Gallery in Gibraltar.
In January 2015, Gibraltar Cultural Services, on behalf of the Ministry of Culture, organised an art exhibition dedicated to the artistic life and works of Mario Finlayson, now considered the doyen of Gibraltar’s fine arts, having dedicated his whole life to the cause. At the inauguration of this exhibition, the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, The Hon Fabian Picardo QC MP, announced that the Gallery would be opening shortly and would be named “The Mario Finlayson National Art Gallery”.
The Gallery opened with exhibition rooms dedicated to Gibraltarian artists; Gustavo Bacarisas, Jacobo Azagury, Leni Mifsud, and Rudesindo Mannia. These four deceased artists are considered the most renowned and prolific local artists.
Works by Mario Finlayson are also shown in the entrance lobby. In addition, the gallery has a small projection room showing footage and interviews related to the artists exhibited. The works to the building continue and further rooms will be open in the future.